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What does a 35 year old, plus-sized virgin do when she decides to lose her virginity and experience just one night of being desirable? She lets herself get talked into hiring a male escort. Unfortunately, mistaken identity lands her in the bed of a hunky doctor, and now things are spiralling out of control!


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What does a 35 year old, plus-sized virgin do when she decides to lose her virginity and experience just one night of being desirable? She lets herself get talked into hiring a male escort. Unfortunately, mistaken identity lands her in the bed of a hunky doctor, and now things are spiralling out of control!

30 review for Doctor's Delight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    I finished Doctor’s Delight (Big Girls Lovin’) last night and wanted to get the review in while the story was still fresh in my mind. So we’ll jump right into the plot summary then I’ll give you my unbiased opinion…well, probably biased cause I’m all for plus sized romances! We have an extremely insecure 35 year old plus sized woman, Cherry, who has never made love with a man before. She’s lonely and longs for human contact (with a male-type person, of course, and 35 years of celibacy will do tha I finished Doctor’s Delight (Big Girls Lovin’) last night and wanted to get the review in while the story was still fresh in my mind. So we’ll jump right into the plot summary then I’ll give you my unbiased opinion…well, probably biased cause I’m all for plus sized romances! We have an extremely insecure 35 year old plus sized woman, Cherry, who has never made love with a man before. She’s lonely and longs for human contact (with a male-type person, of course, and 35 years of celibacy will do that to a girl), so she takes some advice from her friend and hires a male escort. 400 pounds (this book is NOT based in the US) for 2 hours of service. Roughly around $600 us dollars I believe, I could be wrong, was never good at conversion. She chooses her date, and goes to the hotel where she has second doubts the entire time, one a man has never seen her without clothing (she’s a nurse, she’s seen ton of naked people) and two she worries what he will think of her. Being a plus sized girl myself, I completely get this reasoning, there is always that moment of OMG before you take your clothes off. I believe ALL women go through this though, not just plus sized girls. There is always that voice in the back of your head that starts a list of all your flaws. So a man arrives at her door, she assumes he’s the male escort and they have hot, first time sex. Which is fine and dandy, but I remember mine as being awkward and messy, but again this IS a romance novel so it was perfect. :) The man is NOT he escort, he is actually a new, single Dr in town who was a little tipsy and mistook her room for his and thought she was a gift from a friend. (I need to move to a country where my plus sized self is considered a GIFT!) Okay, so of course he finds out who she is in real life after he pay and dash, and love explodes, so does hot sex. Everywhere. There are things I love about this book, and some things I didn’t particularly like. You will read a lot of reviews regarding how irritating the heroine Cherry is with her insecurities. Which tells me one of two things, either the people reading this book have perfect self-esteems or they were extremely popular during school. I understand EXACTLY what she feels, and how it can damage you for years. Taunts and belittling in school can damage the one sees themselves for the rest of their life. Being called Whale Blubber will do that to you, and she still gets taunted by some mean women in the book. It’s just something I don’t find annoying in her at all, if I were in the situation, sorry to say, fists would start flying. I know violence never solves anything, but she was tortured and just lowered her head and walked on. I was happy to see her get a backbone by the end of the book and start standing up for herself. Cherry is a very sweet character, who doesn’t think bad about anyone, and has serious doubts regarding Rick’s commitment or his tastes. He’s an extremely hot doctor and she’s a 35 year old virgin. You don’t get to be a 35 year old virgin without having a promise ring or serious hangups. Rick (the doctor!) LOVES plus sized girls, he talks about her softness a lot, which is pretty cool, and follows her around like a lost puppy so he definitely has the hots for her. He has to battle through her hangups to get her to understand his love and devotion to her. So yes, I enjoyed the book, the downers was that some of it brought back bad child hood memories for me as a plus sized girl, but it made me love and root for Cherry even more because I saw myself in her. So to any naysayers…there are men who think girls with a little more are worth a lot more. I recommend this book highly, but be prepared for the swamp that comes with the memories if you were ever teased as a child.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Yalda CM

    Loved this book!!! I think we should all act like Cherry did in the end, you know? Just stand up for yourself and never let people bring you down!!! Fat, flat or fab, whatever shape, color or race, we all are gorgeous and pretty and freaking amazing!!! We all have to do is just love ourselves a tiny bit more...believe me, i'm talking from experience. Gonna read the whole serie now :D Cop's Passion ....HERE I COME!!! PS: Please read THIS if ur big and curvy and incredibly beautiful, like me :D Loved this book!!! I think we should all act like Cherry did in the end, you know? Just stand up for yourself and never let people bring you down!!! Fat, flat or fab, whatever shape, color or race, we all are gorgeous and pretty and freaking amazing!!! We all have to do is just love ourselves a tiny bit more...believe me, i'm talking from experience. Gonna read the whole serie now :D Cop's Passion ....HERE I COME!!! PS: Please read THIS if ur big and curvy and incredibly beautiful, like me :D

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sylwia

    Thoughts after second read:: Let this be a lesson to us all that if you have a feeling you should DNF something, go with that feeling. The book is not going to get better. I'm lowering this from 2 stars to 1 star. The love interest exhibited abusive and controlling behaviors (stalking, barging into her home, refusing to leave, refusing to take "no" for an answer multiple times, coercing the protagonist to do things she's uncomfortable with at his pace, etc.). The author sexualized male ownership o Thoughts after second read:: Let this be a lesson to us all that if you have a feeling you should DNF something, go with that feeling. The book is not going to get better. I'm lowering this from 2 stars to 1 star. The love interest exhibited abusive and controlling behaviors (stalking, barging into her home, refusing to leave, refusing to take "no" for an answer multiple times, coercing the protagonist to do things she's uncomfortable with at his pace, etc.). The author sexualized male ownership of women. The author normalized cisheteronormativity. Our fat protagonist hates her body throughout the book and only starts to be mildly okay with it because her love interest likes it. This book is unhealthy with terrible representation, not to mention that the narrative and character's thoughts are all unbelievable. The only positive things about this novel are that the protagonist is fat and the emphasis on the importance of Cherry's friends (however I could not tell her friends apart and none of the information about them stuck). I do not recommend. The quest for fat positivity continues! Thoughts upon first reading attempt: Dropping in the middle of chapter two. The author isn’t doing anything to make me believe that this is how actual people think and behave. I’m disappointed, since I’m on the hunt for any books with positive portrayals of fat women. In the beginning of this, our fat protagonist hates her body. Also, “virginity” is discussed as if it’s a concept that matters. I’m giving it two stars instead of one only because I appreciate that it exists, even if it’s not well-written.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.angelaverdenius.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Big Girls Lovin’ Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot When the author approached me about this book, I knew from the moment that I read the blurb that I was going to love it, and I was right. Cherry, a nurse in a pri This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.angelaverdenius.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Big Girls Lovin’ Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot When the author approached me about this book, I knew from the moment that I read the blurb that I was going to love it, and I was right. Cherry, a nurse in a private hospital, has always been uncomfortable with her figure. A voluptuous woman, all she can see when she looks in the mirror is that her many generous curves don’t match up with all the other slim things she sees in the media, nor with the skinny misses she always sees getting their man. To make matters worse, men always see her as “one of the guys” — always a friend, but not actually girlfriend material. Now 35, an incredibly frank discussion with her two best (and slim) friends leads her to make a move that she’d never in a million years pictured herself doing — hiring a male prostitute to take her virginity before she’s too old to enjoy herself. One painfully embarrassing phone call later, and she has everything scheduled — she’s to meet Damien under an assumed name at a local hotel, at the bargain rate of $400 for two hours of entertainment. Rick has just moved into town as a new doctor, about to begin his practice at the same hospital that Cherry works at. On the fateful night that Cherry is scheduled to meet with Damien, Rick has a few too many drinks at the bar and his friend Tim tells him that there is a little surprise for him back in his hotel room. When he reaches his room, he’s thrilled to find Cherry, and thinking that she is the surprise that Tim mentioned, he enthusiastically partakes of everything Cherry has to offer. Afterwards, he falls asleep holding her, and she quietly slips away, leaving payment in his wallet. It’s not until the next morning when Cherry receives a phone call at her home from the escort service apologizing for Damien having not shown up the previous night, and Rick wakes up and realizes that he’s in the wrong hotel room, that they both realize that there’s been a huge mix-up, and while Rick is desperate to find the rubenesque goddess who completely rocked his world the night before, Cherry wants nothing more than to pretend the whole thing never happened and put the whole humiliating thing behind her. Of course, once they return to work… Since there was an issue for me about some of the wording and language used, I do want to remind readers that the author is Australian and that there is a definite language difference between Australian English and American English. I’ll let you battle it out over which one is better or more pure or whatever, but both of my issues with the language very likely stemmed from the difference in our location. Overall, though, it was a very enjoyable story. Rick was a bit too arrogant for my tastes, and Cherry really did have some deep seated body issues, but I think they balanced each other very nicely. I liked that Rick was so incredibly attracted to Cherry, and not just for her voluptuous figure, and that he was the one chasing her. While some of the comments from people around Cherry seemed a little outlandish — I’ve never had any of the sort of comments that Cherry had to endure, though I do live in a smaller city than she does — I absolutely loved how Rick would stand up for her, and how she finally managed to stand up for herself which was a very big accomplishment for her. Recommended for fans of heroines dealing with very real issues of not living up to society’s standard, heroes who think that real women have curves, and a sweet and spicy love story. A very solid 4/5 Stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose May

    Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (http://romantic-rosesblog.blogspot.com). Thank you to Ms. Verdenius for the book to review! Book 1 in the Big Girl’s Lovin’ series Cherry is getting older and she’s still a virgin. Getting desperate to have her ‘cherry popped’ she contacts Helen at the escort agency, and arranges for a man to meet her at a hotel room. She meets the man there, has wonderful, blow-your-mind sex with him, then pays and leaves while Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (http://romantic-rosesblog.blogspot.com). Thank you to Ms. Verdenius for the book to review! Book 1 in the Big Girl’s Lovin’ series Cherry is getting older and she’s still a virgin. Getting desperate to have her ‘cherry popped’ she contacts Helen at the escort agency, and arranges for a man to meet her at a hotel room. She meets the man there, has wonderful, blow-your-mind sex with him, then pays and leaves while he sleeps. The next day she gets a call from the escort agency saying the man, Damien, got into an accident and couldn’t meet her last night, explaining how sorry the agency is. So who did Cherry have sex with? She finds out when she heads to work (she’s a nurse) and sees the new doctor, Rick Reed. Looks like things at work are about to heat up… I’d like to start off by saying I really liked the heroine of this story. Cherry is a plus-sized heroine with plus-sized fears and insecurities. I myself am thin, I’ve always been thin, and it’s very likely I will remain thin. I’ve never had to worry about my size, or see models way, way thinner than me prancing about in bras and panties as the only definition of sexy. I felt bad for Cherry because I could realistically see why she was so insecure, and consequently it made the story of her discovering her own self-worth very moving. It was a great idea to pick a plus-sized heroine, because it’s original. A great idea with good execution. Well done, Verdenius! However, there were some things that dimmed my enjoyment of the story. First, our hero was a bit of a cad. Rick comes off as domineering, crude, and way too forward for my tastes. While I liked how good he was to Cherry at the beginning of the novel, he was kind of an inconsiderate brute. A jerk. A dick. I didn’t like him. And my like for him didn’t grow exponentially throughout the novel, so I ended up with an overall sense of ‘meh’-ness as far as his character was concerned. The story was a little cliché and moved pretty slowly, but it wasn’t unbearable or completely uninteresting – but it wasn’t a book I was wholly unable to put down and therefore is best read in a few sittings. There was a lot of humor interjected, though the syntax was a little awkward in places. Other than Cherry who was multi-layered and well-developed, the rest of the characters were static, flat, and stereotypical – down to the bitchy, thin girl, the evil teenage boys and the crazy BFFs. I might be wrong in saying this, but I don’t hear that many people making fun of the fat girls at my school, or indeed the fat girls at the pool at my local YMCA. The sheer number of torments Cherry went through seemed a little unrealistic to me, as did Annabelle’s (the skinny bitch) character. Not all of us pretty, skinny gals are bitches; and some fat, pretty or fat ugly women can be. See the stereotype? Overall, what I had hoped this book would do is not villianize the pretty, skinny, or the fat. While society tends to villianize the fat, this book took a stab at the skinny and I didn’t like that. What I’d hoped was that people of all body types could be embraced in Verdenius’s book, and instead it seemed only the fat were acceptable (especially because such a big deal was made over Annabelle’s size). The prose and dialogue were nothing exceptional and the plot was a little slow, and as already discussed there were problems with the syntax. I did appreciate the humor and Cherry’s character, as well as the uniqueness of the book, but overall it really hit a few nerves with me due to its hypocrisy. There were a number of demeaning comments made in regards to a skinny woman’s figure that sounded more like spite than anything else. And much as I hate to say this – just like some people can’t help being absurdly fat, some people can’t help being absurdly skinny. There’s a medical condition called hyperthyroidism that can cause women (or men) to end up looking a little like sticks with a lollipop head. You really just can’t eat enough. And some women are simply skinny because they want to be - and that's not bad, just like being fat isn't bad. I wished the book had been universally accepting of figure instead of pinging on the skinny in an effort to make the fat seem better. That’s just as bad as what society does now. Still, it’s an enjoyable story about a plus-size woman getting her hot, dreamy doctor and I would encourage anyone who enjoys plus-size heroines or who may have some of their own insecurities (like Cherry) to read this book. You are beautiful. “Sexy”ness rating: WHEW! Overall Rating: C+ Bottom Line: A good heroine, an ‘eh’ hero, some definite hypocrisy, good humor, awkward syntax, average plot and dialogue, a little slow on pace, unique ideas… did I cover it all?

  6. 5 out of 5

    PointyEars42

    Abandoning this dreadful book at 45%. It was okay up until about 5% in... okay in that I was going to continue reading despite the author’s habit of using the most obvious or clichéd turn of phrase in any given situation. A page later I was irritated. A chapter later I was furious. I cannot stand those creepers who think that wearing you down is an option; who think that women are grateful for any attention so if they become enough of a nuisance you’ll give them what they want... or that you’ll b Abandoning this dreadful book at 45%. It was okay up until about 5% in... okay in that I was going to continue reading despite the author’s habit of using the most obvious or clichéd turn of phrase in any given situation. A page later I was irritated. A chapter later I was furious. I cannot stand those creepers who think that wearing you down is an option; who think that women are grateful for any attention so if they become enough of a nuisance you’ll give them what they want... or that you’ll buckle under pressure or fear or embarrassment and give in just to shut you up. The only thing I hate more than those guys are the insecure, desperate, timid women who let them get away with it. They are so terrified of being alone or hurting a guy’s feelings that they choose to think that persistence is the same thing as being stalked. I see enough of that in real life that I certainly don’t want to see it in my fiction... and the hell do I want to see it romanticised. (view spoiler)[ Seriously. The guy thought his friend bought him a plus size hooker to cheer him up (come on, what else could she have been from his perspective?) so he slept with her and then later – despite supposedly being a sophisticated and experienced man in his mid 30’s – stared at her boobs like a horny 14 year old while she was trying to have a serious conversation with him. What a prince! The fleeting impression I had of Cherry from book 3 was of a mousey little non-entity, so at least the author was accurate in portraying how a relationship with a creeper can wear you down as he exerts his will over every aspect of your life after you cave the first time. I’d also love to know how the author came up with a professional nurse who reads romance novels with sex scenes yet reacts to anything sexual, including verbal innuendo, like a clichéd Victorian school girl who doesn’t know how babies are made. Did she grow up in one of those cults that forbid TV? Did she live in a nunnery before this? Do only the male doctors & orderlies at this hospital see more than the ankles of male patients? What?! (hide spoiler)] I regret giving this book a chance after reading book 3 and thinking the series had some potential.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chumchum_88

    I loved it, it was my first book for a plus-sized girl and I really liked it. - Loved the hero, he was soooooo cute when he was with her, and in other reviews I read someone described him like a puppy following her around, which is true, and do you know what other thing is true about him, him being a potential stalker XD I'm glad that he got through t the heroine and they got together, otherwise I don't know what he would have done, cause seriously he was really persistent for someone who met her I loved it, it was my first book for a plus-sized girl and I really liked it. - Loved the hero, he was soooooo cute when he was with her, and in other reviews I read someone described him like a puppy following her around, which is true, and do you know what other thing is true about him, him being a potential stalker XD I'm glad that he got through t the heroine and they got together, otherwise I don't know what he would have done, cause seriously he was really persistent for someone who met her only by coincidence before and had sex with her only once. Which I have to admit is sweet in a weird sort of way, not the stalkery kind but the really care about you and drool after you kind. - The heroine was cute, not my first with a virgin hooking up with a male escort ends up with another guy scenario but it was really cute, right after when she realized who that stranger was. I understood her fears and hesitation on everything, I admit I'm a medium sized girl but believe I know people who keeps mouthing fatty to my face daily, s I understood the heroine and I didn't get annoyed at her hesitation, as a matter of fact I think she was really brave, opening up to him bit by bit, and trusting him with her inner most constant fears. - I liked how cheeky the hero got around her, his insinuations were so obvious and some were cheesy but still cute. - Liked how they were at the party at the end of the book, Loved Nancy and Tim, especially that gay conversation XD - Liked how the heroine friends stick up for her, and have her back, especially that moment when they fought with the hero before they left for the party. - Loved the fight scene at the end, and everything that came after. - That bitch got what she deserves, especially the part were people saw her true colors. I really don't get it why is there people that mean, what's wrong with being nice to others? what kind of twisted satisfaction does those people get when they talk shit to others? Overall, *thumbs up*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    A good read, 3 to 3+ overall. Cherry is a massive bundle of insecurity and self-doubt due, in large part, to her plus-sized proportions, and Rick is the dreamy, perfect, and eternally patient hunk who sweeps onto the scene to sweep Cherry off her feet. For an erotic romance, I thought this story was sweet and entertaining, and there were some lively secondary characters thrown into the mix. I'm not rating it higher than a 3/good because that's what it is: a good, comfortable read with nothing gr A good read, 3 to 3+ overall. Cherry is a massive bundle of insecurity and self-doubt due, in large part, to her plus-sized proportions, and Rick is the dreamy, perfect, and eternally patient hunk who sweeps onto the scene to sweep Cherry off her feet. For an erotic romance, I thought this story was sweet and entertaining, and there were some lively secondary characters thrown into the mix. I'm not rating it higher than a 3/good because that's what it is: a good, comfortable read with nothing ground-breaking or mind-blowing about it. As I've come to expect with nearly everything I've read lately, there were some distracting editing errors (e.g., "titling her head up" rather than "TILTING her head up") that detracted from my reading experience. Seriously, though, am I just a perfectionist (I don't deny this possibility) or are writing standards just going down the tubes??? I feel I should start offering my admittedly OCD and law firm-trained proofreading skills out at a (modest, of course) rate.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    Okay, forgive me for being super lazy, but I am going to review all the books in this trilogy in one review, this is to stop boring you with repetition as what I have to say about each book is pretty similar. The trilogy goes in this order: I normally reserve the first part of my review to give a general synopsis of the book, been as I doing a three in one deal I will give a general run down. In each book we have a heroine with body issues who unwittingly ensnares a hot man who then ha Okay, forgive me for being super lazy, but I am going to review all the books in this trilogy in one review, this is to stop boring you with repetition as what I have to say about each book is pretty similar. The trilogy goes in this order: I normally reserve the first part of my review to give a general synopsis of the book, been as I doing a three in one deal I will give a general run down. In each book we have a heroine with body issues who unwittingly ensnares a hot man who then has the task of convincing his BBW heroine that he likes her just as she is. I am in a BBW mood at the moment, I tend to go through phases so I have been lapping up Angela Verdenius like a fat chick let loose on a 6ft chocolate fountain. I feel safe saying this as I am that fat chick and if I was ever let loose on a 6ft chocolate fountain...then beware, I would suck that thing dry. Anyways, back to the books, I enjoyed each one, they had their emotional moments, their sexy moments and their funny moments. Each of the heroines were likable and relatable for anyone who has few body issues, especially with those of us who have more "love" handles than a bike shop has regular ones. But, the books themselves didn't really differ, the heroes, heroines and plot line were exactly the same in each book, as was the language. Ms Verdenius has her favourite words and they are used with frequency in each and every book. This was an enjoyable trilogy though, I did enjoy each book and have a soft spot for Mike from Cop's Passion and I am going to continue my BBW obsession and read some more Angela Verdenius books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chu

    Love this series!!! You can't measure someone's beauty in terms of their size. It doesn't matter if your dress size is double digit: you can still be beautiful and someone out there can see it as well. Love this series!!! You can't measure someone's beauty in terms of their size. It doesn't matter if your dress size is double digit: you can still be beautiful and someone out there can see it as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This was very fluffy, but so darned cute!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sonja van der Merwe

    Being a plus size girl myself.. I loved this story!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna D.

    I found Cherry endearing and Rick incredibly sweet.. Full review: This story is as farfetched as the movie Pretty Woman – that there is a HEA after one of the MCs decides to hire an escort. Not bloody likely, but it does make for sweet romance reading. Rick is, of course, the perfect man. He was raised right, taught to love a person for who they are and not what they look like. He’s also smart, rich, funny, a doctor, gorgeous, sensitive, and horny…the list goes on and on. Cherry is simply a good I found Cherry endearing and Rick incredibly sweet.. Full review: This story is as farfetched as the movie Pretty Woman – that there is a HEA after one of the MCs decides to hire an escort. Not bloody likely, but it does make for sweet romance reading. Rick is, of course, the perfect man. He was raised right, taught to love a person for who they are and not what they look like. He’s also smart, rich, funny, a doctor, gorgeous, sensitive, and horny…the list goes on and on. Cherry is simply a good person – she’s kind, works hard, compassionate and will always do what is right. She’s also on a large side, which has done a number on her confidence and self-esteem. Most of the book is Rick and Cherry’s friends, Susie and Maxie, trying to convince Cherry that she deserves good things and to not base her self-worth on her size. Of course we have the slim and pretty villain, Annabelle, who is after Rick. We’re lead to the pivotal scene where Annabelle tries to knock down Cherry with very harsh words and Cherry will either run scared or finally stand up for herself. There are no real surprises in this book, but that’s ok. I actually like that about this book/series. There are plenty of sweet, sexy, and funny moments to keep your interest. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a light, feel good read and if you like the “bigger girl/sexy boy” theme.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This was just not for me. It wasn't the heroine's body issues that bothered me - those are pretty real. It was the rest of it. A nurse has sex with a man she really doesn't know for the second time and he doesn't use a condom and her response is to take the morning after pill and say "no worries." Uh... Get tested for STD's dumbass! You work in a hospital. Don't you see the consequences of this type of behavior pretty frequently? And the hero is just creepy. He's a doctor and we're supposed to t This was just not for me. It wasn't the heroine's body issues that bothered me - those are pretty real. It was the rest of it. A nurse has sex with a man she really doesn't know for the second time and he doesn't use a condom and her response is to take the morning after pill and say "no worries." Uh... Get tested for STD's dumbass! You work in a hospital. Don't you see the consequences of this type of behavior pretty frequently? And the hero is just creepy. He's a doctor and we're supposed to think he's great, but his sexual innuendo and such is just creepy. There was also nothing surprising about this story - no new twists except Cinderella is fat and Prince Charming is creepy. I really wanted to like this. I saw it recommended a few places, but it's not for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    I expected better from Ms. Verdenius, since Call On Me was really good, but this one is sappy, too sweet, and pretty fairy-tale-meets-erotica-wannabe. I'm reading the entire trilogy, just ... because I want to know if was a good shot or her writing gets better and better. I expected better from Ms. Verdenius, since Call On Me was really good, but this one is sappy, too sweet, and pretty fairy-tale-meets-erotica-wannabe. I'm reading the entire trilogy, just ... because I want to know if was a good shot or her writing gets better and better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    When I picked up this one I was really in need of some total fluff, but with some wit on the side. Well, this delivered! I gave it 3 stars because I "liked it", but let me qualify that a bit - this isn't a life-changing read, and it's not the best-written, but it delivered that saccharine-flavored, make-me-happy-for-a-couple-of-hours feeling that I wanted at the time. There were a couple of things that bothered me. First, check out that dreadful cover. OK, the top half is pretty lickable, but the When I picked up this one I was really in need of some total fluff, but with some wit on the side. Well, this delivered! I gave it 3 stars because I "liked it", but let me qualify that a bit - this isn't a life-changing read, and it's not the best-written, but it delivered that saccharine-flavored, make-me-happy-for-a-couple-of-hours feeling that I wanted at the time. There were a couple of things that bothered me. First, check out that dreadful cover. OK, the top half is pretty lickable, but the bottom half is just dire. What on earth did they make that poor cover model wear? The whole point is that the heroine is a va-va-voom sexy but sweet woman, but they've put her into a giant, pink condom, which makes her just look like a smiling fat girl wearing an uncomfortable outfit!! Secondly, this book is really about a heroine with a weight problem, who can't get over it, with a rather fabulous romance on the side. The romance bit was great (see below), but the heroine was 35, an age more-or-less when I thought most people (myself included, so I know whence I speak) learn to accept who and what they are, and put away the insecurities that others place onto you. I found it painfully sad that this heroine hadn't done that by 35. Maybe that was the point (OK, so I know that it was), but it too long coming and took too long to resolve. I'm stunned the hero stuck around as long as he did, even thought the heroine was a sweetie. But, apart from those two gripes, there were some things I LOVED about this one. The hero was just fabulous - who wouldn't want Dr. Hunky to come over and give some personal treatment? The heroine was also good, and apart from the weight thing getting stale about halfway through, accurately described women's insecurities about their bodies, and how it can overtake their self-image. Their romance was very believable and how it started was slightly off-center, but incredibly well-written, funny and credible (as far as any romance is credible...). Also, for the first time that I can remember, I actually like the heroine's friends. I normally don't like the heroine's friends taking up any wordcount in the romances I read, because they generally don't resemble anything I could recognize as a friend. They are too pushy, or too nice, or too shallow, or too perfect, or too flippin' nosy, but these two friends got it absolutely right. They are flawed, rude and a lot of fun, and, THEY DON'T IRRITATE ME! But most of all, I love, love, love the saucy writing. The syntax is different than American Smut, but it was liberating to read some Aussie Smut, which actually bore more than a passing resemblance to British Smut. It was witty, light, caustic, funny, and so, so true. Finally, it's actually rather nice to have a heroine who is on the plump side in a romance which isn't a menage or BDSM (don't ask me why, but the romances with the more rounded heroines do tend to occupy those sub-genres, which I've never understood), and although I hate the name of the trilogy ("Big Girls Lovin'"? Oh man, that is so awful) and the cover, I did really enjoy this nice little read. 3 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nutnut1(Lornajean Ford)

    This was my first introduction to this author and i am glad i took a chance it was beautiful written you could feel Cherry's dilemma and her insecurities,hell i have had most of them and i think thats why this book was special to me. I loved that Rick wanted her and made time to make her feel special. I wont say anymore as not to spoil it for anyone but i enjoyed it do much i had made a bet with a few friends at work buy it and if you really dont enjoy it i will give you back you money. And i ha This was my first introduction to this author and i am glad i took a chance it was beautiful written you could feel Cherry's dilemma and her insecurities,hell i have had most of them and i think thats why this book was special to me. I loved that Rick wanted her and made time to make her feel special. I wont say anymore as not to spoil it for anyone but i enjoyed it do much i had made a bet with a few friends at work buy it and if you really dont enjoy it i will give you back you money. And i have yet to shell out any money. Yeah go Angela x

  18. 5 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    This is a fun wrong bed read set in Australia between a big beautiful nurse and a non jerky doctor. I have always loved this writers Science Fiction Romance series and was excited to see this contemporary series. I love books about heros who love curvy heroines. This is a good but but Cherry's self esteem issues as the main conflict are not so fun. I wish more books were written with large size women who have a good body image. This is a fun wrong bed read set in Australia between a big beautiful nurse and a non jerky doctor. I have always loved this writers Science Fiction Romance series and was excited to see this contemporary series. I love books about heros who love curvy heroines. This is a good but but Cherry's self esteem issues as the main conflict are not so fun. I wish more books were written with large size women who have a good body image.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I really loved it. I don't want to say much about the story itself. I liked the message, somwhere out there there's somebody waiting for you. It doesn't matter what you look like and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Which girl doesn't like that thought?! This book is perfect for a rainy lazy day, it warms your heart and makes you smile. I really loved it. I don't want to say much about the story itself. I liked the message, somwhere out there there's somebody waiting for you. It doesn't matter what you look like and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Which girl doesn't like that thought?! This book is perfect for a rainy lazy day, it warms your heart and makes you smile.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Perez

    Fun read I liked the fact that it showed the tormented mind of someone who has tolerated verbal abuse from the stigma of obesity. The American population has over a 60% population that is overweight in some capacity. No one is perfect. And no one has the right to point a finger. The characters were fun and story well done.

  21. 4 out of 5

    L

    This was a cute, fun, funny read. Loved both the guy and the girl. And it was nice to have a plus size lead and a guy who adored her just as she was! Looking forward to the next two in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janey

    Aah... What a sweet and lovely book, yay the chubby girl gets the hottie!, go Cherry!, bout time too...,I liked that you got a glimpse of the next two stories, Tim the vets next so definitely going to read that one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Walter

    I really love this book and the series. its funny, emotional, erotic, sexy and very good. feel connected to the characters especially the heroine. i recommend this book very much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leticia Isquerdo

    I always like Angela Verdenius's books. It's so cute and easy to read. I always like Angela Verdenius's books. It's so cute and easy to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karoline

    I loved this book! It was beyond sweet. This was the first I've read by this author and I'm diving into book two now! I loved this book! It was beyond sweet. This was the first I've read by this author and I'm diving into book two now!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jazzysmum

    a reread and still enjoyable the second time around. Love the Aussie slang!! makes it so genuine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Contains Spoilers as well as Coarse Language It wasn't so bad, I actually liked some moments in it but there was a couple of things that put me off. First of all, if you think of it as erotica and read for that purpose then fine. It's okay. For me it might have been 3 stars, most of the sexy scenes were really good. However, I was interested in the story too and some things were just... too badly written. For example? The first thing (I believe) that put me off was that the hero from "I wouldn't be Contains Spoilers as well as Coarse Language It wasn't so bad, I actually liked some moments in it but there was a couple of things that put me off. First of all, if you think of it as erotica and read for that purpose then fine. It's okay. For me it might have been 3 stars, most of the sexy scenes were really good. However, I was interested in the story too and some things were just... too badly written. For example? The first thing (I believe) that put me off was that the hero from "I wouldn't be with a woman that gave her virginity to a stranger" and "She is not the one" to "She is mine" overnight. In heartbeat. In a single scene he went from 0 to 100. I understand, the author probably wanted for the hero to court the heroine and get to the "good part" but what most authors miss, is that the "good part" is only good when there is a reason to be. When there is a connection, a honest connection between the characters, the relationship lacked of quality, any kind of quality, due to... of course, instead lust. It just felt rushed. And it caused for the end to make absolutely no sense. None whatsoever. Then, another example would be the fight she had with this Annabelle chick (yes, there is a chick that wants the hero and hates the heroine for being fat. It was unpleasantly very much predictable), high class bitch, thin and so on, blah blah blah. So, what does the heroine do, when Annabelle bully her? And then, she screams at her that the hero is hers and she better leave him alone. Like, they fucked a handful of times, they knew each other for less than a month (I think a couple of weeks), calm the fuck down. I know she was hurt for all the times anyone put her down but... you have no right to say someone belongs to you, especially when they don't! It's bitchy and I hate it. I think it would have been better to say, I'm not keeping him against his will, he wants to be with me. If you want to try to seduce him, or some shit, you are free to so. Because to me, if you trust someone you don't have to put a "claim" on them, and it's really uncivil and insecure to fight over a guy. Your man has to trust, you can handle a flirty or an asshole guy and you, have to trust your man can do the same. Trust that wants and respects you enough to say to any woman that isn't you! Annabelle chick, can't rape him. If he chooses her that's fine, the hero and the heroine didn't have a relationship, or even if they did (and I missed it), it wasn't more than a couple of days (and of courses, if he chooses someone else then, you never really had him. You can't control anyone's penis. Duh!) You have to trust your partner, not cause a scene and throw someone in a pool and claim some dude as yours. I felt at this point, with the heroine's behaviour, she was just like Annabelle. Of course, the hero saw everything and was proud of her and kissed passionately or some like that (all this happen in a party in front of his colleagues and friends, people he knew). I was embarrassed for the heroine at this moment and the hero, since neither of them really cared. It's one thing I don't let people push me around, I respect myself and stand my ground, and another thing bulling (especially psychically) people back. Walk away, who needs that shit? How needs the drama? Also, the author over played the "fat chick" card. Everything was happening to her because she is "fat". And even if was that the case, how did the hero, his friends, people that didn't even know her as well as her friends call her "curvy?" If you press and press that the heroine is so fat, then let her be fat(!) and not "curvy". Do see my issue? It's annoying, so annoying. Finally, there was possessiveness and a marriage proposal. Happy ever after... Not my cup of tea. I liked the beginning but then it turn out to be... this. No, like, no.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    The cover image for this book was what first brought it to my attention - it looked cute, and the female cover model was clothed, so I guessed the book was probably not written primarily for a male audience (All Romance Ebooks, where I purchased it, can be a minefield at times). I liked the excerpt, and a few of the reviews I read on Goodreads sounded encouraging. I looked forward to a story that would indulge my love for shy heroines, as well as my love for heroines with body image issues who m The cover image for this book was what first brought it to my attention - it looked cute, and the female cover model was clothed, so I guessed the book was probably not written primarily for a male audience (All Romance Ebooks, where I purchased it, can be a minefield at times). I liked the excerpt, and a few of the reviews I read on Goodreads sounded encouraging. I looked forward to a story that would indulge my love for shy heroines, as well as my love for heroines with body image issues who meet heroes who like them just as they are. I'm an American, so one of my first stumbling blocks with this book was its Australianisms and what I'm guessing was characters' more Australian rhythm of speech. I don't think the Australianisms were particularly difficult to figure out, but they weren't words I was used to. The rhythm of characters' speech was a slightly larger stumbling block for me – some phrases just seemed awkward to me. Another stumbling block I faced, as an American, was that Cherry's friends' advice to call a male escort service for sex wouldn't fly in the U.S. Prior to buying the book, I read the excerpt and assumed that Cherry was maybe misunderstanding the escort agency's services, although the woman on the phone seemed either remarkably willing to encourage that misunderstanding or surprisingly oblivious to what Cherry was arranging an escort for. As I read the book and realized there was no misunderstanding, I had to do a quick check on the legality of prostitution in Australia. Again, like the Australianisms and rhythm of speech, it was something that gave me pause. Okay, moving on to the characters now. I really liked Cherry, even though her life featured a few more stereotypes than I would have preferred (her two spoiled cats wouldn't have bothered me if Cherry hadn't also been a reader of steamy romances – it reminded me of media comments along the lines of “romance novels are porn for women”). I found her nervousness when she called up the escort agency to be charming, I felt sympathy for her over her crippling body image issues, and I cheered when she was finally able, at the end of the book, to stand up for herself and for her relationship with Rick. Tim, Rick's veterinarian friend, was another character I liked, particularly when he was with Nancy, his date to his mother's party. Those two were a hoot together. Tim had me wishing I had read Vet's Desire, his book, first, even though that would have meant starting with the third book in a trilogy. That leads me into what I felt was one of the biggest weaknesses of this book: Rick. I really disliked him. There's a bit in the text where it says “Rick was no conceited jerk” and my first thought was “I beg to differ.” When he decided he wanted to have Cherry in his bed again, he was shocked when she didn't immediately jump for joy at the opportunity, like most every other woman in his life would have done. Because, you know, he's a well-built, hottie doctor. Unfortunately, he was a stalkerish well-built, hottie doctor who came on way, way too strong, and his hyper-masculinity grated on my nerves. It seemed like he did just about everything “manfully.” I didn't dislike Rick right from the start. His and Cherry's first meeting got a pass from me, because Cherry was too nervous to think to ask for details (although her friends were right, she really should have at least confirmed his name) and Rick was too drunk to think clearly. I was encouraged by Rick's later horror when he realized that Cherry had been a virgin – “maybe there's going to be a scene in which Rick apologizes for having been too drunk to realize Cherry was a virgin,” I thought. He sort of did apologize, I guess, but he was mostly upset because he slept with a woman he didn't know, who then ran off. He lost loads of points with me when he started calling Cherry repeatedly and showing up at her house uninvited. Tim even told him his behavior was like that of a stalker, and he still didn't stop. Rick basically bulldozed his way into Cherry's life. I wanted him to step back a bit, get to know Cherry, and start courting her, without assuming that she needed to immediately fall into bed with him. Even after they began dating, he kept coming on way stronger than I would have liked. Nearly every time he spoke to Cherry, whether they were in public or, heck, in the kitchen with Rick's sister and his friend Tim, Rick managed to bring sex up. I wanted at least a few scenes where affection, not sex, was front and center. I know Cherry had hangups about her weight and about guys in her past seeing her as a friend rather than as a potential lover, but did every scene with Rick have to be about sex? The best I got was a scene where Cherry and Rick talked about Cherry's cats – they have similar views about people who dump their pets. Most of the dating Cherry and Rick did was "tell," not "show." I know, because either Rick or Cherry mentioned it, that they went on a picnic together, that they went out to the movies, and that they sat around and had tea. The only date they go on that is actually shown in the story, however, is when they go out for pizza, which leads me into another problem I had with the book: how weight-related issues were handled. First, a bit of background. I consider my weight to be average – I'm not as skinny as some women, but I'm definitely nowhere near plus-sized. However, my mother is plus-sized. I know, from talking with my mom, how cruel some people can be, although some of what Cherry went through seemed a bit excessive. The one thing that never comes up in the book, though? Weight-related health issues. I don't think this would have been as much of a problem if it hadn't been for the pizza-eating scene. Cherry wanted to eat more pizza but held herself back because she didn't want to look like a pig. Rick encouraged her to eat as much as she wanted and said he didn't care if she ate the whole pizza. All I could think of was, “Is this really what a doctor would say?” It's not that I wanted diabetes and heart problems to come up, and I can understand the allure of a guy who won't think you're a pig if you have another slice of pizza. However, I think this scene would have been less problematic for me if Rick hadn't been a doctor, if Rick hadn't even commented on how much Cherry was or wasn't eating, or if their date hadn't primarily involved food. Again, some background info: my mom developed diabetes, and her weight was likely a contributing factor in that. Every time she sees a doctor, she's told she needs to lose some weight. I can't help but think of weight in terms of health issues, especially in a book starring a hero who's a doctor. The main thing I liked about this book was Cherry. Rick had potential but turned out to be a conceited jerk. Rick and Cherry's relationship came across as being more about sex than anything else, and I didn't particularly like the sex scenes or Rick's many crude references to sex. I don't know if I'll ever take another chance on this author, but, if I do, I might try Vet's Desire, Tim's book, since I already know I like Tim – I just hope he's as likable as a main character as he was as a minor character. Overall, I'd give this book a C-. Other Comments: I'll mention this, because I know from comments on some blogs I read that readers' ideas of what counts as “plus-sized” seems to vary widely: Cherry's exact weight is never mentioned. Cherry thinks of herself as fat and lumpy, while Rick thinks of her as “curvy,” “luscious,” and “rubenesque.” With no further details to work with, I imagined Cherry looking something like the woman on the cover, but readers who are better at divorcing characters from their cover image pictures can think of her as being whatever weight they prefer. Now, a comment about editing: Someone really needed to read this book over another couple times – there were quite a few homophone-style typos that a spellchecker wouldn't have caught. Things like “guilt” instead of “gilt,” “poured” instead of “pored,” “allowed” instead of “aloud,” etc. It didn't interfere with the book's readability, but I found it a little annoying. (Original review, with read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I DNF. Where to start. I got such an ick feeling while reading this. One, why does she hate herself so much? He defines her as curvy and womanly and rubenesque. Yet, the author makes her out to be like 600+ pounds with an extra nose and a beard or something the way people mock her in the streets ( which honestly wouldn't happen.) He says multiple times he likes curves but then says, I don't care what you look like on the outside. I'm 185lbs and 5'3. I'm probably the size the woman in the book is I DNF. Where to start. I got such an ick feeling while reading this. One, why does she hate herself so much? He defines her as curvy and womanly and rubenesque. Yet, the author makes her out to be like 600+ pounds with an extra nose and a beard or something the way people mock her in the streets ( which honestly wouldn't happen.) He says multiple times he likes curves but then says, I don't care what you look like on the outside. I'm 185lbs and 5'3. I'm probably the size the woman in the book is, or around that. And no random person walking passed me has ever made fun of my weight. That's not reality. and to do it multiple times is just weird. My husband (who I've been married to for 15 years and I've always been curvy and he's been into me) likes curves. He's into that body type. He wouldn't even think to say " It's not what you look like on the outside" as an argument to her weight. He would just say, I find you hot, attractive, gorgeous, etc... Then the way she wrote the romantic lead, ick. He was controlling (and I like some Doms) but not in a good way or a way that made any sense what so ever. He was just a jerk. And it was a forced storyline that had no where to go. It was fake created tension. And she was a wet noodle. Maybe this book turns around after the 50% mark, but there are too many great stories that are based in reality about women who are plus sized, curvy, voluptuously, etc... for me to read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Inn Auni

    Surprisingly I found this appealing aeons ago. Reading it for the second time made me questioned myself. Three quarter of the ebook consisted of Cherry doubting herself because of her size. It made me wonder, have I ever doubted my ability because of my size before. The answer is, I don't care. So, I skipped most part and glad by the end, Cherry redeemed herself when she stood up for herself and the man she loved. Rick was creepy. I don't care if he was a drop dead gorgeous hunkalicious surgeon b Surprisingly I found this appealing aeons ago. Reading it for the second time made me questioned myself. Three quarter of the ebook consisted of Cherry doubting herself because of her size. It made me wonder, have I ever doubted my ability because of my size before. The answer is, I don't care. So, I skipped most part and glad by the end, Cherry redeemed herself when she stood up for herself and the man she loved. Rick was creepy. I don't care if he was a drop dead gorgeous hunkalicious surgeon because he was a bit cuckoo in the head. Yes, he had fallen in love but, he was borderline stalking her. He too redeemed himself in many ways. Both the H and h were in their mid-30 but sometimes, they acted like teenagers. I get it with Cherry. She was in love for the first time in her entire life, but Rick, not so much. Anyway, I prefer Susie, Cherry's best friend. She was what every human being needed in life. There are few grammar and spelling mistake but, I don't mind much. I'm not the kind to check for spelling or grammar unless it render me from understanding the story. It was funny though and added to the humor of this story.

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